Organization-Strengthening Resources: Board Development

African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI)                                                     FREE
AABLI recruits, prepares, & assists with placement of African Americans on nonprofit, corporate, and public boards. Nonprofits can join the network to attend events and receive referrals for rigorously trained board candidates.

Alchemy Fundamentals (formerly Leadership Seminar)                  Deadline: Oct. 1 – Nov. 9, 2018
The Annenberg Foundation                                                                         Program: March-May
FREE                                                                                                                 Course
Phase 1 training in leadership and capacity-building, focused on ED-Board Chair working relationship; topics include effective fundraising, board governance & effectiveness, & financial literacy; create case for support, board member job description, board cultivation matrix, consent agenda; 3 days, homework, & end-of-program report.
Req’d: small or mid-sized LA-area nonprofits (budgets up to $5M), with functioning board; ED & Board Chair must attend all sessions; online application.

Board Self-Assessment Tool                                                                                                       FREE
A CompassPoint blog post offers a list of questions for board self-assessment covering financial, fundraising, governance, legal, & strategy areas.

BoardMatch Los Angeles                                                             Deadline: register June-September                     
BoardMatch                                                                                       Program:  October 20, 2019
$250-500                                                                                            Board member prospecting event
Nonprofit EDs & board members meet multiple prospective board members in 1 place at 1 time.
Req’d: nonprofit with at least $50K budget; digital application; deadlines vary.

BoardSource                                                                                                                      $1,000-2,500 membership
BoardSource offers guidance, resources, & leadership development to nonprofit boards, including Board Self-Assessment, Assessment of the Chief Executive, leadership forum & certificates, seminars, retreats, webinars, consulting & coaching, many publications, & extensive research. Membership includes a comprehensive Board Support Program with Board Self-Assessment, associated print & webinar resources, & email guidance.

The Generative Group
The Generative Group, led by Sylia Obagi, aims to transform charitable giving into meaningful social change through consulting, facilitation, & workshops in executive & governance coaching, leadership transitions, organizational effectiveness, & strategic planning.

Jericho Road Pasadena                                                                                                 FREE & low-cost
Pro bono consulting & quarterly board training workshops on governance, strategic planning, resource development & fundraising, and financial management. Open to San Gabriel Valley, East & Northeast LA. Board member recruitment on application for Pasadena nonprofits only.

Loring, Sternberg & Associates (LSA)
LSA, a nonprofit fundraising & management consulting firm led by Chuck Loring & David Sternberg, increases nonprofits’ efficiency, effectiveness, & fundraising capacity through training in capital campaign feasibility & management, development audits, board fundraising & governance, & strategic planning.

Nonprofit Partners of Riordan Leadership Institute                         Deadline: July 2018
Southern California Leadership Network                                                Program: 9.6.18, 10.6.18, Nov-May project
FREE for nonprofit                                                                                          Planning/project assistance
Early-mid-career professionals get training & experience serving on a nonprofit board for 6 months & completing a specific project.
Req’d: Nonprofit serving LA County, operating at least 5 years, at least 3 FT staff, org chart, policy manual, & audited financials. Provide executive supervisor, board mentor, orientation, project scoping, & evaluation.